“There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun,
And His clothes became as white as the light…” Matthew 17:2
The story about the transfiguration of Jesus was a striking event. It is an event that always intrigues and sparks the interest of humankind. But intriguing was not Jesus’ purpose for transforming in the presence Peter, James, and John when He took them with Him up the mountain to pray. The three disciples had no idea what was in store for them as they climbed the mountain. They were going to experience a glimpse of Jesus glory in a way that they could not imagine in their wildest dreams. Though the disciples witnessed Jesus turning water into wine, healed all manner of sicknesses and diseases, and walked on water, this experience was for a greater purpose. They were going to witness an event that was going to prove to them that Jesus was more than a lawgiver and a great prophet.
The main reason Jesus went up the mountain to pray was that He needed special strength to face the pressure of being crucified. Besides this, there were other reasons why He took the disciples with Him. First, the disciples needed to have their faith strengthened and a glimpse of Jesus’ glory because of what they were going to experience when Jesus was going to be crucified. The glory was going to express the image of His person. Second, because Jesus was going to be killed, the disciples were going to need the quickening power and insight of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ resurrection. The disciples’ memory would need to be quickened to understand the significance of the cross. Third, the disciples needed insight to see into the spiritual world and understand the reality of life after death. Lastly, since the death of Jesus was so horrific, cruel, and demonic, the disciples needed to be reminded of how they experienced a glimpse of Jesus glory after His death. Their spirits would need to be quickened so that they could be reminded of the glory of Jesus in the future. Peter, James, and John’s lives were transformed forever. They became strong witnesses of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Everyone who is saved by faith in Jesus Christ has experienced the transforming power of the Son of God. Believers experienced a glimpse of Jesus’ glory when they were born again and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. They were endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit and were to become witnesses of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Acts 1: 8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Just as Peter, James, and John became change agents and witnesses for the kingdom of God, so must every believer in Jesus Christ become change agents and witnesses for the kingdom of God. We must continually be reminded of Jesus’ future glory as we witness to others about God saving grace.